Diploma in Adult Care

Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care

The iCQ Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care has been specifically designed for learners who work in health and social care in adult settings in a leading/management role who want to develop their skills and knowledge in order to demonstrate competence in a range of roles. Learners may work in residential or nursing homes, domiciliary care, day centres, a person’s own home or some clinical healthcare settings.

Level: 3

Awarding Body: iCQ

This is 58 credits Ofqual regulated qualification at Level 3. The mandatory units cover core knowledge and skills competencies with optional specialisms which can be combined in flexible ways to reflect the real working context. The qualification covers a range of subjects related to the skills and knowledge required to work with adults in the health and social care sector.


⦁ Responsibilities of a care worker
⦁ Promote communication in care settings
⦁ Promote person-centred approaches in care settings
⦁ Promote effective handling of information in care settings
⦁ Safeguarding and protection in care settings
⦁ Duty of care in care settings
⦁ Promote personal development in care settings
⦁ Promote health, safety and wellbeing in care settings
⦁ Promote equality and inclusion in care settings

This qualification will enable learners to develop the skills and knowledge in order to make a positive difference to someone’s life when they are faced with physical, practical, social, emotional or intellectual challenges. They will be expected to exercise judgement and take appropriate action to support individuals to maintain their independence, dignity and control. By guidance and direction at the frontline of care delivery, they will be instrumental in improving the health and wellbeing of those receiving care and support. They will in some circumstances have delegated responsibility for the standard of care provided and may supervise the work of other care workers and exercise autonomy and accountability.

Entry Criteria

Learners should be aged 18 and above and work in health and social care in adult settings and who want to develop skills and knowledge in order to demonstrate their competence. There are no formal entry requirements. However, the College will ensure that learners have the necessary qualifications, skills, potential and the opportunity to successfully gain the qualification (this may include completion of a relevant Health and Social Care or Adult Care qualifications at level 2).

English Language Requirement

For those whom English is not their first language we recommend the following standards of proficiency in English language skills or an approved equivalent for this qualification:

  • IELTs 5.5
  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) 162 or above
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42-49

If an international learner does not have formal certification in English, we offer him/her four weeks of free English language classes to enable him/her to meet an appropriate standard in English for this qualification.


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